Ezequiel Schelotto has revealed he is leaving Albion – and would love a return to Italy.

The right-back says he is set to move on when his contract expires at the end of the month after failing to reach agreement over a new deal.

He has told media in Italy he could return to Serie A.

Schelotto said: “I’ve been here for three years and I thank the club who opened the doors for me to the best league in the world.

“We were talking about renewal. It was positive. I thought I could stay but they set different conditions than I imagined.”

Schelotto is believed to have attracted interest from Torino, who are still not sure of avoiding relegation from Serie A, and Benevento, who were recently promoted back to the top flight.

He said: “I’m 31 and I have a lot to give to football.

“I say thank you to Brighton but I have to continue on my own path.”

Schelotto and Beram Kayal extended their expiring contracts until the end of the season when the campaign was held up by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kayal has not featured in a matchday 20.

Schelotto started against Arsenal in the first fixture behind closed doors but has seen Tariq Lamptey claim the right-back spot and Bernardo return to matchdays 20s.

Albion will see Lamptey as the frontrunner in that role next term while Martin Montoya and, very briefly, Adam Webster, have also played at right-back in recent games.

Schelotto said he did not agree with the "sports project" at Albion.

He told TuttoMercatoWeb: "I wanted a bit of recognition for what I've done in this shirt. It wasn't to be but we leave well."

Schelotto is at the end of a three-year deal, having been brought in by Chris Hughton when he had concerns abouit Liam Rosenior's return from a long-term injury.